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DEBUSSY, C.: 4-Hand Piano Music - Petite Suite / Marche ecossaise / 6 Epigraphes antiques / Premiere Suite (Armengaud, Chauzu)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Olivier Chauzu


Jean-Pierre Armengaud



Studio 4'33, Pierre Malbos, Ivry-sur-Seine


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Total Time - 61:38
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DEBUSSY, C.: 4-Hand Piano Music - Petite Suite / Marche ecossaise / 6 Epigraphes antiques / Premiere Suite (Armengaud, Chauzu)

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Petite Suite

1 I. En bateau 3:37
2 II. Cortege 3:27
3 III. Menuet 2:56
4 IV. Ballet 3:17
 Olivier Chauzu Soloist

Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire (version for piano 4 hands) (1st version)

 Olivier Chauzu Soloist

6 Epigraphes antiques

6 No. 1. Pour invoquer Pan 2:09
7 No. 2. Pour un tombeau sans nom 3:23
8 No. 3. Pour que la nuit soit propice 2:19
9 No. 4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales 2:11
10 No. 5. Pour l'egyptienne 2:32
11 No. 6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin 2:26
 Jean-Pierre Armengaud Soloist

Premiere Suite (version for piano 4 hands)

12 I. Fete 6:01
13 II. Ballet 4:42
14 III. Reve 6:43
15 IV. Cortege et Bacchanale 8:44
 Jean-Pierre Armengaud Soloist

The recent discovery (2008) of the Première Suite d’orchestre for piano, four hands, is a large-scale, sonorous work which reveals Debussy’s interest in constantly evolving form. Derived in part from his incidental music for the Chansons de Bilitis, an evocation of poetic scenes from an ancient pagan world, Six Épigraphes antiques is a colourful work of considerable creative freedom. The Petite Suite includes such well-loved movements as En bateau and Cortège, while the Marche écossaise is heard on this recording in its rare first version. 

"... Armengaud and Chauzu make a very effective duet, alive to the music’s varying indulgence and - in the épigraphes - severity of expression. Naxos’s sound is crystal clear ..." 

Guy Rickards - International Piano magazine - September/October 2013

                        Music ****  (Very Good)        Sound **** (Very Good)

Frank Siebert - Fono Forum magazine - August 2013

"This is a highly realistic-sounding recording of a piano four-hands recital... The two pianists ... display a high degree of togetherness ... this is a fine set of performances and mostly very well recorded indeed. The notes by Gérald Hugon are detailed and well structured—and translated into elegant English by Susannah Howe. We have grown to expect such quality from Naxos, another star to them.
Dave Billinge - - May 2013

"French pianists Armengaud and Chauzu…give colorful, invigorating performances of four choice works of Claude Debussy for [four-hand piano]... the rich repertoire of four-hand piano music is well worth hearing for its own delightful sake. In Petite Suite, ostinatos, washes of color, and deftly struck accents against the musical line add to the color and rhythmic excitement of the first and second movements ... while Menuet rings with echoes of the 18th century and rhythms of a subtly Spanish flavor. The concluding movement, Ballet, is alive with a vigorous Waltz ... bringing things to a scintillating conclusion. The rousing and ingeniously varied Marche ecossaise ... is likewise easy for the first-time listener to like. The surprise here is Debussy’s Premiere Suite d’orchestre…it is so full of color, life, and expressive warmth and rhythm that we should expect to hear recordings of the orchestral version in the future."
Phil Muse - Audio Video Club of Atlanta - June 2013

                             Interpretation *****       Sound *****     Repertoire ******

Anja Renczikowski - Piano News magazine (Germany) - July/August 2013

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